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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

A MiG-21

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed is a single engined Soviet second-generation jet fighter. It is in service in over 50 countries, and with over 11,000 units built, one of the most produced warplanes since World War II.

Details (MiG-21 F-13)Edit

  • Length: 51 ft 8.47 in
  • Wingspan: 23 ft 5.66 in
  • Maximum speed: 1,385 mph (2,125 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 62,335 ft
  • Range: 981 miles

VariantsEdit

Development and PreperationEdit

Ye-1 (1954)

Ye-2 (1954, NATO name "Faceplate")

Ye-2A (1955)

MiG-23 (1957, all units reused for test programs)

Ye-4 (1955, delta wing prototype of MiG-21)

Ye-50(1956, high altitude interceptor experiment)

Ye-50A (1956, refined Ye-50)

Ye-5 (1956)

MiG-21 (1956, first production fighters, five built. Focus moved to F variant)

Mass Production Edit

Ye-6 (1957)

Ye-50P (1958 rocket boost project, cancelled)

MiG-21F (1959, Single seat day fighter, first production plane)

Ye-6/9 (1960, nuclear strike capablity test)

Ye-6T (1958, Atoll missile system test)

Ye-6T/1 (Ye-66) (1959, Red-31, broke world speed record)

Ye-6T/1 (Ye-66A) (1961, modified Ye-66 for altitude record)

Ye-6T/2 (1961, skid landing gear testbed)

Ye-6T/3 (1961, Ye-6T with canards test)

Mig-21 P-13 (1958)

MiG-21 F-13 9 (1960)

MiG-21FR

MiG-21F-13R (1974)

Ye-6V (1961, STOL test with JATO boosters)

Generation Two (1961-1966)Edit

MiG-21PF

MiG-21L

MiG-21PFM

MiG-21RFM

MiG-21Ye

MiG-21FL

Ye-7SPS

MiG-21PFS

Ye-7M

MiG-21PFMA

MiG-21PFMN

MiG-21RFMM

MiG-21SPS-K

Ye-7R

Mig-21R

MiG-21RF

Ye-7S

MiG-21S

MiG-21N

MiG-21PD

Generation Three (1968-1972)Edit

MiG-21M

MiG-21MA

MiG-21I (Wing testbed for TU-144)

MiG-21 K (proposed, cancelled)

MiG-21Sh

MiG-21SM

MiG-21MF

MiG-21MT

MiG-21 SMT

MiG-21 bis

MiG-21bis-D

MiG-21bis-T

OperatorsEdit

Former Soviet UnionEdit

  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Russia
  • Turkmenistan

Warsaw Pact/East EuropeEdit

  • Bulgaria
  • Former Czechoslovakia (Fleet shared between Czech Republic and Slovakia following partition on 1st January 1993)
  • Former East Germany (Most scrapped after reunification)
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Romania

Middle EastEdit

  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • North Yeman

EuropeEdit

  • Finland
  • Former Yugoslavia
    • Croatia

The AmericasEdit

  • Cuba: Over 175 examples, comprising 30 MiG-21F-13s, 35 MiG-21PFMsm 20 MiG-21PFMAs, 80 MiG-21bis, at least 10MiG-21U/UMs and an unknown number of MiG-21Rs.[N 1]
  • United States: A number of MiG-21s were flown by the USAF under the cover designation YF-110.[2]


GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • A MiG-21 was used for a Syrian defection on June 21, 2012.

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. A number of Cuba built aircraft, intended for the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua, were never delivered.[1]

SourcesEdit

  1. World Aircraft Information Files Aviation Partwork. Midsummer Books Ltd. File 209 Sheet 6 (World Military Aircraft:Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 'Fishbed' - Worldwide Service)
  2. Designation Systems - Cover Designations Page

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